Diane has been Dean and CEO of the Sydney College of Divinity since the beginning of 2008. As well as managing the Office of the Dean, she has oversight of the Korean School of Theology and the Graduate Research School, and she has ultimate responsibility for the academic and institutional leadership of the SCD as a whole. She negotiates necessary approvals for SCD projects with the Commonwealth Government agency TEQSA, represents SCD in the Higher Education sector, and strives to ensure that the Member Institutions and all who belong to SCD have the support to work together effectively to achieve the College mission. This includes providing regulatory information and strategic planning advice to the President and Council, the College Principals, and other staff.
Diane’s previous working life was based in the Department of English at the University of Sydney, where she was engaged in teaching, research, and supervision, alongside administration in the Faculty, and occasional teaching and supervision for the Department of Studies in Religion. In the United Kingdom she has also been an Honorary Associate at the University of Liverpool and a Visiting Fellow at Robinson College Cambridge. Her particular expertise is in medieval thought and texts, with particular interests in biblical paraphrase and commentary, romance, hagiography, exempla, and manuscript culture, underlying all of which is an abiding concern with historical theology.
Diane’s outside interests focus mainly on lay teaching and pastoring. She has preached in Anglican churches in Sydney and Presbyterian churches in Korea. She belongs to the Wellspring community and co-convenes the NSW Ecumenical Council’s Theological Reflection Commission. She enjoys time with her friends and her cat, opera, ballet, concerts, and reading.